The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) meets 4 times a year. In these meetings the Board – which is made up of different agencies – discusses matters that affect children, young people and their families in order to find ways of better protecting them from harm. It does not discuss individual cases but rather overarching themes.
Check out this one minute guide to find out exactly what the ESCB get up to
NEW TRAINING CONFIRMED (Plus discount for ECVYS members)
Child Sexual Exploitation – Advanced Level Training
Target audience: This course is aimed at those people who are working directly with children and young people, and their managers.
This is a CPD accredited course.
Course pre-requisites: This is an advanced level training course and therefore delegates will need to already have a good baseline knowledge of CSE and its complexities- this should include an awareness of missing and the complexities of consent along with an understanding of the impact of CSE and how this may manifest
Learning outcomes: By the end of the course delegates will be able to;
- Identify and apply to practice the skills needed to ensure the rights of the child underpin the work we do.
- Recognise and describe how sexualised images and material can impact the lives of young people today. –
- Recognise when victim blaming occurs and have confidence in our practice to challenge this discrimination.
- Demonstrate good practice when arranging and facilitating meetings involving young people and their parents or carers.
- Explain what self blame is and how this effects young people and their emotional wellbeing.
- Define trauma and describe how it might manifest.
- Recognise ways in which we can develop our practice through the consideration of different models of working with trauma.
- Delegates will use a case study along with their knowledge and practice to analyse and question the case study in order to make an assessment and to plan how they might intervene and disrupt child sexual exploitation
Cost to participants:
|Essex Council for Voluntary Youth Service (ECVYS) members are able to attend at a reduced price
|All other Voluntary/Charity Organisations
|Health/Police/Probation services/Local government, schools and community interest companies
|Private, independent and profit-making organisations
Children & Families Hub Directory of Services
The Children & Families Hub uses the Effective Support Directory to signpost to services when the level of need in a request for support does not meet Children Social Care or Family Solutions.
You will now be able to access hyperlinks in the document with just one click!
Click on Quick Link to Children and Families – Directory of Services:
I Didn’t Know’ Campaign to Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation
‘I Didn’t Know’ campaign has been set up collaboratively between Southend, Essex and Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Boards and Essex Police.
Inspired by a video project designed and created by the Essex Children in Care Council, it aims to raise awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation across the wider Essex area and support communities understanding of what CSE is, how to recognise it, and what to do to get help and support.
Tackling child sexual exploitation requires a commitment by everyone. Please help support this campaign. Resources are provided for you to download and use freely.
HOT OFF THE PRESS: For all the latest learning and development opportunities, visit the ESCB website, where, you can download the new Training Brochure 2017/18 including NEW courses. ECVYS members can access some of these courses at a reduced rate (or even free!)
Interested in e-learning courses? See what’s available.
National Update: The Charity Commission has published a new Safeguarding strategy, and says that safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities.
Research and local data have shown transport networks are used by vulnerable young people who may be at risk of CSE/CCE and trafficking. Young people often gravitate towards stations because they are busy, anonymous places that also provide some form of shelter and access to food and drink. A young person may use a station or public transport as a way to try to disappear. Bus and rail networks can also be used by offenders to traffic young people for the purpose of sexual and criminal exploitation. Under the banner of Operation Henderson, a campaign will run from 29th January – 11th February, and then will involve outreach work and publication of new resources.
The campaign will support the general public, railway workers and businesses around stations to recognise the signs of exploitation and if they have concerns to report them to British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or text 61016.
Please help support the campaign through social media, by sharing resources with parents or young people and have conversations about spotting the signs and how to get support. For details about the wider project and to access the resources, which include leaflets and a training package visit the Operation Henderson webpage.
Update from The Children’s Society by Rosie Spindler
|A key piece of work carried out by The Children’s Society with young people is around consent. This is explored with young people in depth using different resources, some are outlined below.
Legal definition of consent: “A person consents if he/she agrees by choice and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.” Section 74, Sexual Offences Act: 2003
Cup of tea video
Freedom and capacity (image)
We have found through direct work, that although some young people feel they ‘know’ what consent is when initially discussed, when explored they are shocked at the following:
- Having to be awake in order to consent – young people have questioned whether if they had fallen asleep or fallen unconscious due to substances, whether this is still consenting, especially if this is their boyfriend/girlfriend.
- Age – young people have been unaware that if you have sex at 12 years old this is classed as statutory rape.
- There is a lot of confusion with young people around consenting to sex with a boyfriend/girlfriend, and feeling although once they have consented to one sexual act, this then leads to many others without having to consent to each act.
- Young people have commented that they feel obliged and expected to engage in sexual acts/sexual intercourse because they are their ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’.
Although these conversations with young females/males can be challenging at times and difficult, we have found that this is one of the most impactful topics, which can lead to disclosures of information and realisation of what may have happened to that young female/male, that they may not have previously understood.
If you would like more information about direct work with young people our CARE (Children At Risk of Exploitation) service can offer support and advice 01245 493311.
National Referral Mechanism for victims of Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking by Cristina Gavrilovic, Essex Police
The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support. The NRM was introduced in 2009 to meet the UK’s obligations under the Council of European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. At the core of every country’s NRM is the process of locating and identifying “potential victims of trafficking”.
The NRM is also the mechanism through which the Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) collect data about victims. The national contract is held by The Salvation Army and it provides up ongoing accommodation, counselling, expert advice and advocacy for up to 90 days for an adult.
Children cannot access this service but must still be referred to the NRM through an NRM referral. Form and further guidance can be found here. A child identified at risk of being trafficked and exploited for sexual purposes, forced labour and criminal exploitation should be supported and safeguarded through the locally established safeguarding processes.
To find out more about how to identify the indicators of Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking this document has information for frontline workers or you can visit the ESCB website.
Spot It Stop It – Braintree District Initiative by Lucy Wilson, Community Safety Manager
|The Galley’s corner area of the Braintree District has been identified as a child exploitation hotspot through intelligence from MACE, Essex Police and from visits made to businesses as part of the work for National CSE awareness day back in March. Braintree embarked on a project to highlight this to local businesses and licensed premises in the area firstly by reaching out and seeing which business would engage with us to raise awareness. The response from most was very positive with most premises wanting to do what they could to ensure that the exploitation of children and young people was not happening on or near their premises.
We have since developed a scheme called, “SPOT IT STOP IT”. To be part of the scheme businesses have to adhere to a set of standards. You can find out more about the scheme here.
Choices Peer Development Programme in North Essex 2018
The next ‘Choice’s Peer Development Programme’ for young women aged 13 – 16 years old who are vulnerable to CSE and/or going Missing (with open cases to Children and Families Service) will be running over 7 weeks from Wednesday 31st January through to Wednesday 21st March at Clacton Family Centre.
The programme is structured to create a safe and trusting environment enabling young people to express their views without being judged. Young people will be encouraged to participate in a series of peer led group activities enabling them to develop their confidence, self-esteem and understanding of healthy relationships and positive decision making.
Find out more about the Choices Peer Development Programme.
2018 Schools CSE Project
ESCB will be repeating the popular 2016 schools CSE project in February to gain information to help them understand how aware children are of healthy relationships, CSE and online safety. For more information and to start preparing for February, schools can visit the ESCB website, which provides an outline about what is involved and access to the resources needed to complete the project, including parents/carers letters.
NWG training events
|The latest training events from NWG have been published on the CSE Learning and Development pages of the ESCB website for easy access, and will be updated monthly so keep checking for relevant updates.
Child Exploitation Project Manager Blog
|Clare Livens, Child Exploitation Project Manager January blog is available to read here. Clare talks in more detail about the work being done with schools and Operation Henderson.
SET CSE Toolbox and access to SET CSE Toolbox Training
Southend, Essex and Thurrock CSE Toolbox
For professionals who work with children, young people and families, when they have concerns about child sexual exploitation. This toolbox provides you with guidance and information about working with victims and perpetrators of child sexual exploitation, it supports you with easy access to information on how to share your concerns with Essex Police and it provides easy, fast access to the SET CSE Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment. If you need help with looking into multi-agency plans for children at risk, why not look at the CSE Risk Management Plan accessed via this toolbox, which can help you explore together actions to support in work with children and young people, their parents, carers and look at collecting evidence or disruption SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock) CSE Toolbox
How to access the FREE CSE Toolbox Online Training
Visit the CSE learning and development page to find out more about this free training to support staff in undertaking the CSE Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment and what you need to do to access it.
Working Effectively to Address Child Sexual Exploitation: Evidence Scope
Research in Practice have recently published a revised Evidence Scope on CSE (originally produced in September 2015), which now reflects new evidence and practice information. The Evidence Scope aims to support local areas in the continual development of CSE services by reviewing and critically appraising relevant evidence. It brings together evidence that supports interventions and multi-agency and inter-professional approaches to working to improve outcomes for young people who may be affected by CSE.
Resources: A guide to becoming a safer parent online
NWG Online: Onguard leaflet
NWG Online: Onguard leaflet (print-ready)
Stop CSE website for parents/carers
The impact of online and offline child sexual abuse
The NSPCC has published a report looking at effects of child sexual abuse (CSA) carried out using online or digital technologies. Findings include: technology can give perpetrators of abuse easier access to young people than they have in the offline world; the online environment can hide abusive dynamics that would be more obvious in face to face relationships; technology can give perpetrators of abuse easier access to young people than they have in the offline world. Full details can be found in the report.
County lines – criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable people
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has published an update on county lines, which is the drug dealing model involving networks from urban centres expanding their drug dealing activities into smaller towns and rural areas, often exploiting young or vulnerable people. Findings from a survey of police forces in England, Wales, Scotland and the Metropolitan Police include: 65% of forces reported that county lines activity was linked to the exploitation of children; and 26% of forces reported evidence of child sexual exploitation. It’s estimated there are at least 720 county lines across England and Wales, the majority of which will involve the exploitation of multiple young or otherwise vulnerable people.
Unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery: statutory guidance
The Department for Education (DfE) has published statutory guidance for local authorities in England setting out the steps that should be taken to plan for the provision of support for looked after children who are unaccompanied asylum seeking children, unaccompanied migrant children or child victims of modern slavery including trafficking.
NSPCC online course: managing sexualised behaviour in primary schools
The new online training course aims to help teachers and school staff identify and respond appropriately to instances of sexualised behaviour. It includes practical information and advice on how to recognise, respond to and report cases of unhealthy sexualised behaviour to help prevent children coming to harm. Training can be accessed here.
Child sexual exploitation: How public health can support prevention and intervention
The impact of child sexual exploitation can be profound and devastating. This resource provides local public health teams with both the evidence base for their role on prevention, as well as a practical framework to help support public health leaders and commissioners to take effective action.
Alexi Project evaluation of CSE service development
The Alexi Project was a five-year development programme, designed by the Child Sexual Exploitation Funders Alliance (CSEFA) to extend the reach of specialist CSE voluntary services across England using a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model. Key messages from the University of Bedfordshire evaluation of the Project include:
- CSE service provision expanded significantly across England. By the close of the evaluation period they had trained 6568 professionals and provided 1-1 support to 783 children and young people.
- The voluntary sector is valued for its ability to engage young people affected by CSE and make a distinct contribution to local safeguarding through workers’ ability to engage young people that other services find hard to reach.
The report also contains valuable learning about implementing service expansion using the Hub and Spoke model. The full report and a range of other resources are at the Alexi Project website.
Chelsea’s Choice: If you work with young people, there is a free training opportunity running across Essex this September and October, which aims to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. It forms part of a project commissioned by the Essex Youth Strategy Groups.
Calling all CSE Champions!
If you are an existing CSE Champion, don’t forget you need to update your Champion Status. The deadline is 31st January 2018.
Find out how to maintain your Champions role.
Child in Need Training
These workshops are an introduction to working with child in need (section 17). The training is aimed at managers and those working with children, young people and families who want to expand or consolidate their understanding of working with families under child in need (section 17) or those who are new to their role and wish to develop their understanding of child in need work.
Find out more and book a place.
Strengths Based Approach to Child Protection Conferences and Core Group Training
|For anyone working with children and families in Essex who would like to better understand the strengths based approach. This course will also help participants to ensure they are an active member of the core group.
Find out more and book a place.
Safeguarding Children Level 2
For those who work directly with children, young people and their families in Essex on a regular basis, this course aims to develop an enhanced understanding of safeguarding children including identifying and responding to concerns.
Find out more and book a place.
Safeguarding Children Level 3: Designated Person Training
This is a one day multi-agency programme for those who are the designated person for child protection within their organisation. It is expected that participants have previously attended level 2 safeguarding training or equivalent.
Find out more and book a place.
Working with Resistant Families and Disguised Compliance
|This course is aimed at experienced workers who will get the opportunity for a facilitator led in-depth discussion and analysis of the key aspects of phenomena such as disguised/false compliance, avoidant or resistant behaviour of families/carers.
Find out more and book a place.
Tools to Help Professionals when Working with Domestic Abuse Perpetrators
This course is run by the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board. It’s a 3 day training course is aimed at professionals working directly with perpetrators of abuse/ their families. (Please note – this specific course excludes Essex County Council Social Care professionals as they have the opportunity to access an ESCA commissioned training course).
Find out more and book a place.
ESCB POLICIES & GUIDANCE PUBLISHED 2016-17
ESAB Annual Report 2016-17
|Published online, our annual report summarises the Board’s activities and discusses how ESAB has been working closely with wider strategic partnerships in Essex.
It sets out how the Board has met its statutory responsibilities and objectives and also how it is has progressed with its Strategic Plan for 2015-17.
Read the report’s key highlights in our news section and access the publication here.
1 Minute Guide to SAR Referrals
We’ve developed a ‘one minute’ guide for practitioners to differentiate between a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) and a Section 42 (S42) enquiry.
This guidance is intended to help practitioners decide whether a statutory review is required for cases they are managing, where they suspect an adult has experienced serious abuse and neglect.
Download the guide or find it on the Professionals page.
SET Guidance: Managing and Responding to Organisational Safeguarding Concerns
|The Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Safeguarding Adults Boards have jointly published this guidance for those involved in managing organisational safeguarding concerns.
Find out what the guidance covers and download the document here.
|A mental health and wellbeing strategy for 2017-2021 has been developed by local county councils and clinical commissioning groups to support residents across Essex, Southend and Thurrock.
It aims to promote mental well-being for all; ensure those needing support get the right service at the right time, as well as focus on prevention, early intervention, integrating services and co-producing with service users.
For advice and information on mental health, visit Living Well Essex. You can also find out about local resources on our Community Information page.
Alongside the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board, we published PREVENT Policy and Guidance on preventing radicalisation as well as a Safeguarding Guide for Accommodation Providers.
In light of the allegations of historical child sexual abuse at various football clubs across the country the Board jointly published Guidance for Parents on choosing out of school activities with Sports Active Essex and Essex County Council LADOs. This can be found on the new Safeguarding in Sport pages for Professionals and Parents/Carers.
The CSE chapter in the Southend, Essex & Thurrock Child Protection Procedures was revised to reflect a new definition and guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation.
There is new Southend, Essex & Thurrock Domestic Abuse Information Sharing Guidance providing multi-agency guidance for frontline practitioners.
ESCB an update from the ‘ Child exploitation and missing children’ sub group 25th May 2017
Gangsline are now active in Essex under PCC commissioning and delivering assemblies and mentoring in schools. They have been invited to the meeting in July to give an update.
Bi annual report Highlights:
- ‘Missing children’ figures over Essex have stayed consisted over the last 6 months, With the highest number of these being children in care. (Nearly 50% of these children don’t believe they are at any risk when they go missing.)
- A third of all children and families risk records for Essex are high risk, with increasing numbers at risk of CSE over the last 6 months.
- There are improvements being made in helping to record and recognise males as at risk of CSE but more data will be collated by ESCB colleagues on the level of risk of the boys being identified to see how this tallies with the level of risk of girls being identified.
- The ‘Older adult boyfriend’ model is the highest group at risk of cse and peer on peer is the next at risk.
- The time that 8-11yr old are spending online has doubled since 2005 (CEOP data). This undoubtedly means a higher risk level and the ESCB team are aware of this.
We were grateful to be joined by the Stansted Border force team for an update on CSE and ‘missing children’ from their perspective-
Stansted has 25 million passengers per year and every border force officer is trained in basic safeguarding. Up to 50 more staff have specialist training in safeguarding and there are safe spaces for vulnerable families and children at the airport. Its a mammoth task but the border force are always looking out for children and young people that might be at risk.
The #KnowAboutCSE campaign with the police hit a large audience over social media platforms from 13th-18th March.
Countywide Child Sexual Exploitation project – Chelsea’s Choice:
The ECC Youth Strategy Groups and partners have jointly commissioned a countywide CSE project for young people aged 13 – 19 (up to 25 if SEN) and professionals and community leaders working with young people. for more information see here
Priority will be made to share information across The ESCB, The boarder force, police, youth services, voluntary sector, health and schools to further a joined up approach in tackling CSE and missing children
The New Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Toolbox
The New ‘SET CSE Toolbox’ is now ‘Live’ and ready to use….
It features a range of guidance, resources and a new ‘SET CSE Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment’ that can be used by staff working with children, young people and families when they have concerns about child sexual exploitation.
The SET CSE Toolbox replaces the SET CSE Risk Assessment Toolkit and has been created in consultation with the National CSE Response Unit (part of the National Working Group).
The new risk assessment is a sharper, more focused instrument and guides professionals through the complex network of young people’s lives to gain a better insight into their vulnerabilities and indicators of CSE.
Access the CSE Toolbox here: CSE Professionals Page
To support staff in using the CSE Toolbox and the CSE Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment, a short, free, online training course is available. Details of how to access the SET CSE Toolbox Online Training are available here: Learning and Development CSE
Free NWG membership
Email the ESCB if you are an ECVYS member about accessing the national working group web resources (including a level 1 safeguarding course) for free. Email them here